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Leader Of Effort To Build Trinity River Park In Dallas Leaving Job As CEO Of Conservancy

Gus Contreras
Brent Brown, who's now leaving the Trinity Park Conservancy, talks about the effort from a spot beside the river in 2018.

Brent Brown, who’s been leading the effort to build a huge park in the Trinity River basin near downtown Dallas, announced Friday that he's stepping down as head of the Trinity Park Conservancy.

Brown will become an adviser to the effort, which has collected commitments of $100 million so far to rebuild the floodplain into a series of public spaces.

“When I began working with the Conservancy [then The Trinity Trust Foundation], my goals were to create a vision for the Trinity River that would transform Dallas’ greatest natural asset into a gathering place for the entire community and to build the team that will realize the Park,” Brown said in a statement. “With a conceptual design for Harold Simmons Park now in place and with the capital campaign surpassing the halfway mark, I felt like it was time to hand over the reins of the day-to-day management and operation of the Conservancy so that I can continue to focus on community development for the Park.”

Walter Elcock, who’s secretary of the Conservancy’s board, takes over as interim president and CEO.

Here's the official announcement from the Conservancy:

KERA talked with Brown in 2018, soon after he took over the top job in the Trinity Conservancy.

Rick Holter was KERA's vice president of news. He oversaw news coverage on all of KERA's platforms – radio, digital and television. Under his leadership, KERA News earned more than 200 local, regional and national awards, including the station's first two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He and the KERA News staff were also part of NPR's Ebola-coverage team that won a George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting's highest honor.